“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once The child grows up.”

Pablo Picasso 


“Paint in the Woods” offers high school-level students an exciting and innovative two-week program in the practice and understanding of the visual arts, conducted on the campus of Kent School, an independent boarding school located on the Housatonic River in Kent, Connecticut. 

The program is sponsored and directed by Rob Ober, a twenty seven year member of the teaching faculty at Kent School. Rob also owns Ober Gallery in the immediately adjacent town of Kent.         

The program will provide fifteen student participants the opportunity to paint and draw in both an indoor studio and outdoor setting. It embraces the spirit of Picasso’s statement that “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” The program encourages its participants to allow their own inner spirit to direct their creative output. Instead of technical instruction, the program offers students the opportunity to learn about the creative process as understood by deceased and living artists such as Delacroix, Picasso, Dubuffet, Matisse, Guston, Mitchell, Polke, Katherine Bradford, and Ai Weiwei. 


We will watch interviews with these artists. We will read what Delacroix and Malevich had to say about the creative process. We will watch films about about Van Gogh, Picasso and others.  But most of the time we will paint!

Participants will have the opportunity to meet important contemporary artists, and curators associated with the New York art scene, and to visit museums and auction houses like Christie's and Sotheby's. Students will have the opportunity to meet important movers and shakers in the New York art world.  The program is intended to benefit those intent upon a career in the arts as well as those who simply want art to count for much in the course of their own chosen careers. The program cost of $3800 encompasses dormitory housing, art supplies, meals, travel to NY, instruction, and access to the School’s facilities.  A one week option of $1900 is also available.  The 2 week sessions are available on the following dates, Session 1: June 3 - 15 and Session 2: August 19 - 31. To learn more contact Rob at paintinthewoodsct@gmail.com 

Our Director

Rob has taught American, Russian and Chinese History as well as a course on painting at Kent School. In addition, he has operated Ober Gallery in the Town of Kent which, during its thirteen years, has been committed to showing important Russian and New York artists like Leonid Sokov, Natalia Nesterova, Katherine Bradford, Brian Belott and Robert Nava. Raised by a diplomatic family in Moscow, he acquired an early interest in Russian art.  Several of his Gallery artists were featured in the historic 2005 Guggenheim Show of Russian works. The gallery has also shown original works by Kandinsky, Malevich, and Matisse. Rob is a collector of A.R. Penck, Jonathan Meese, Norbert Schwontkowski and numerous Russian artists. Rob lives with his wife Amy and two children on the Kent campus, and enjoys painting himself. He holds an advanced degree from Wesleyan University. 

“Paint in the Woods” speaks to the need of every artist to lose oneself “in the woods”… to animate their own creative self.

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